Did you know that God separated you, before time even began, for a unique call and purpose? As Believers, we read that in scripture—but do we believe it? The faith in this belief is what makes all the difference.
You are not intended to be like anyone else or possess the exact combination of spiritual gifts as other Believers. When those of us at Curt Landry Ministries are asked the question of, “How do I hear God’s voice and know my purpose?” we immediately dive into the Word to find out what the Creator Himself has to say.
While everyone has their unique situations and circumstances, there are basic biblical principles anyone can glean wisdom and guidance from.
Let us take a journey through the Word and look at how we can apply it to our lives today…
Before we begin our journey, we must understand what we should take with us and what weighs us down. Jesus said, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”—Matthew 11:30
When we are walking in the ways of the Lord, we discover true peace, true shalom. Therefore, first and foremost, we must carry with us the Word of God. Pray for the Lord to reveal to you, through scripture, His divine purpose and calling for your life so that His kingdom is furthered and you may prosper.
Everything else tends to weigh us down and block our blessings.
First stop: Silence the Sin…
Through the blood of Jesus, the sin is silenced, allowing us to hear the Holy Spirit’s counsel and direction.
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”—John 6:44
God the Father has created you for a purpose, and God the Son has paid for that purpose—by His blood—to be activated on earth.
How do you hear God’s voice? Through the blood of Jesus. In prayer, ask God to remind you each day that you are washed clean and to activate His purpose in you.
Psalm 143:12 says, “In Your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul; for I am Your servant.”
Jesus paid the price so that your soul is not afflicted. Seek Him first, resist the enemy, silence the sin, and you will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Second stop: Adopt His Desires…
It is tempting to follow a path that you feel you should instead of following the path that God says you should. The human heart is deceitful and can’t be trusted (Jeremiah 17:9). It is unsteady in the wind, making you unable to stand on firm footing.
But the Word says to trust the Lord with your heart.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”—Proverbs 3:5-6
When you let God’s desires replace yours, you find yourself delighted in His ways. Then, “He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
Third stop: Wash Yourself in the Word…
Building upon the last principle, if you want your desires to align with the Lord’s, you must renew your mind continuously. Understand that your mind is carnal and is not as God’s.
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”—Romans 8:6
To step into your purpose, you can’t conform to the world around you, adopting its ways and looking to it for guidance. You must be transformed. (Romans 12:2)
Get into the Word of God every day to revive your passion and soul. Meditate on His instruction and trust that it is more peaceful, pleasurable, and prosperous to walk in alignment with Him rather than your Adamic, carnal mind.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”—Joshua 1:8
Fourth stop: Don’t Skip this Step…
Once we have developed a habit of seeking God’s kingdom first and taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Him, we can be tempted to skip ahead.
What does skipping ahead look like? Think of it this way—your faith is like a muscle that needs to grow stronger to be able to do more and handle more pressure.
Though you want to be careful of what is influencing you (media, music, movies…), don’t be misled into thinking you should be doing one thing that you aren’t equipped to do right now.
God is dealing with each of us individually to help us grow. And we all have been given a measure of faith for His purpose. Don’t be disappointed in what you can’t do in this season. Instead, rejoice and operate in what God has given you now.
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”—Romans 12:3
Jesus addressed this with Peter after He restored Him (John 21:21-23). Peter was concerned about the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Peter asked Him, “Lord, what about this man?” Peter wanted to know what God’s plan was for John.
Jesus quickly corrected Peter’s deflection and said, “If I will that he remains till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
You are to follow God and not be distracted by finding out what the calling and purpose is for your brothers and sisters in Christ. The Lord gave YOU a specific instruction. Fix your eyes on that.
Fifth stop: Focus on Your Strengths…
We have covered some ground on this journey by now and are beginning to better understand what God has called for us to do… and then comes a reminder of our struggles and inadequacies.
This can be expected. Moses experienced it when God told him that he would be the one to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
“Then Moses said to the Lord, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’”—Exodus 4:10
Don’t focus on your weakness but instead rely on God’s strength. Yes, we all have shortcomings, but make a note of what God did to raise Moses up to his calling.
The Lord reminded Moses of who He was and then He brought his brother alongside him to accomplish His will.
Trust in God’s choice and His process. He may bring someone into your life to walk with you for a season. He grows your character and faith, shaping it into a beautiful vessel that accomplishes His will.
Be patient with the process, as He is patient with you.
You are HERE!
The journey is not over, but now you have some principles to guide you. Being intentional about your worship and spending time in the Word is a powerful way to start every day in the right direction. You have been called to bring stability to a shaking world through Christ’s strength—remember that.
Faith and courage are necessary to accomplish what God has called you to do. Are you ready to start your journey?
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